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by Rutger Bregman
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This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia offers three core ideas-a universal basic income, a fifteen-hour workweek, and open borders across the globe-each of them supported by multiple studies and numerous success stories. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise.
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by Rutger Bregman
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Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today. After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn't be this way-and in some places it isn't. Rutger Bregman's TED Talk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. His April 2017 talk continues to make the provocative case, detailing the idea's 500-year history and even its brief success in a forgotten trial in Manitoba in the 1970s. Nearly a million views later, guaranteed basic income is being seriously considered by leading economists and government leaders the world over. It's just one of the many utopian ideas that Bregman proves is possible today.Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, and beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he champions ideas whose time have come. Every progressive milestone of civilization-from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy-was once considered a utopian fantasy. Bregman's book, both challenging and bracing, demonstrates that new utopian ideas, like the elimination of poverty and the creation of the fifteen-hour workweek, can become a reality in our lifetime. Being unrealistic and unreasonable can in fact make the impossible inevitable, and it is the only way to build the ideal world.
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Books : Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism (Paperback)
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by Zygmunt Bauman
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"We have long since lost our faith in the idea that human beings could achieve human happiness in some future ideal state, a state that Thomas More, writing five centuries ago, tied to a topos, a fixed place, a land, an island, a sovereign state under a wise and benevolent ruler. But while we have lost our faith in utopias of all hues, the human aspiration that made this vision so compelling has not died. Instead it is re-emerging today as a vision focused not on the future but on the past, not on a future-to-be-created but on an abandoned and undead past that we could call retrotopia. The emergence of retrotopia is interwoven with the deepening gulf between power and politics that is a defining feature of our contemporary liquid modern world ? the gulf between the ability to get things done and the capability of deciding what things need to be done, a capability once vested with the territorially sovereign state. This deepening gulf has rendered nation-states unable to deliver on their promises, giving rise to a widespread disenchantment with the idea that the future will improve the human condition and a mistrust in the ability of nation-states to make this happen. True to the utopian spirit, retrotopia derives its stimulus from the urge to rectify the failings of the present human condition - though now by resurrecting the failed and forgotten potentials of the past. Imagined aspects of the past, genuine or putative, serve as the main landmarks today in drawing the road-map to a better world. Having lost all faith in the idea of building an alternative society of the future, many turn instead to the grand ideas of the past, buried but not yet dead. Such is retrotopia, the contours of which are examined by Zygmunt Bauman in this sharp dissection of our contemporary romance with the past"--
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by D D Cross
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This collection examines contemporary artist and activist-inspired utopian projects and DIY communities of interest. Throwing into relief the immense difficulty of thinking beyond the current system of consumer capitalism, coupled with the powerful desire to do just that, this anthology explores what our ideals and desires tell us about ourselves.
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by Sir Thomas More; Jenny Mezciems
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A new edition of a highly regarded translation of one of the most influential achievements in the Western philosophical-literary tradition and the work that gave rise to the genre of utopian fiction.
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by S Chrostowska; Associate Professor James Ingram
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Contemporary political theorists from Europe and North America open an overdue debate on the ties between politics and utopianism.
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Lafargue kritisiert in dieser Schrift die ideologischen (moralischen), bürgerlichen und kapitalistischen Grundlagen des Arbeitsbegriffs seiner Zeit. Dabei kritisiert er auch die Arbeiterbewegung, die von der ""seltsamen Sucht"", der ""Arbeitssucht"" beherrscht sei. Bei ihm ist die Rede von der ""Liebe zur Arbeit, die rasende, bis zur Erschöpfung der Individuen und ihrer Nachkommenschaft gehende Arbeitssucht"". Ziel seiner Kritik ist nicht die Forderung eines Grundrechts auf Faulheit, sondern die Abschaffung kapitalistischer Produktionsweisen. Die ""kapitalistische Moral"" sei ""eine jämmerliche Kopie der christlichen Moral, belegt das Fleisch des Arbeiters mit einem Fluch; ihr Ideal besteht darin, die Bedürfnisse des Produzenten auf das geringste Minimum zu drücken, seine Freude und seine Leidenschaften zu ersticken und ihn zur Rolle einer Maschine zu verurteilen, aus der man pausenlos und gnadenlos Arbeit herausschindet."" Die bürgerlichen Philosophen kritisiert er als abhängig von ihren Arbeitgebern, in deren Sinne lieferten sie die notwendige Moral der Arbeit. Ihnen stellt er am Beispiel Herodot die griechische Philosophie und ihre Verachtung der Arbeit gegenüber. Paul Lafargue (1842-1911) war ein französischer Sozialist und Arzt."
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Poet, pattern-designer, environmentalist and maker of fine books, William Morris (1834-96) was also a committed socialist and visionary writer, obsessively concerned with the struggle to achieve a perfect society on earth. News From Nowhere, one of the most significant English works on the theme of utopia, is the tale of William Guest, a Victorian who wakes one morning to find himself in the year 2102 and discovers a society that has changed beyond recognition into a pastoral paradise, in which all people live in blissful equality and contentment. A socialist masterpiece, News From Nowhere is a vision of a future free from capitalism, isolation and industrialisation. This volume also contains a wide selection of Morris's writings, lectures, journalism and letters, which expand upon the key themes of News From Nowhere.
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